Do you want to create an adorable outside area for you and the family to enjoy? Then boy do I have the perfect Summer DIY for you! Introducing my DIY Tire Swing … breathe new life into those old and tired tires and create something new and fun for the whole family to enjoy. Here is how to get started.
You Will Need:
- 1 rubber tire
- Spray paint or outdoor primer and enamel
- Forstner Drill bit
- 3 nylon ropes – 10-12 ft in length
- 3 Crosby Clamps
- 1 plywood round pre-cut to fit inside tire
- Upholstery foam
- Colorful Fabric
- Staple Gun
- 1 Industrial Strength Carabiner Clip
Directions for Swing
1. Wash tire with pressure washer before creating swing to eliminate rubber bits that can mark clothing. If painting your tire, use latex outdoor primer, let dry, then use the latex outdoor enamel, and let dry. You can also use spray paint.
2. Once dry, drill 3 holes in the tire, equal distances apart.
3. Measure the outer circumference of the tire and divide this number by three. You will use this measurement to mark and evenly space the holes.
4. Drill 3/8-inch holes at these locations. Attach a u-bolt or rope clamp to the end of each rope, pull other end through holes. Secure three ropes at top with clamp.
Directions for Cushion
1. Take pre-cut plywood round.
2. Place upholstery foam on top of round.
3. Wrap with fabric around the plywood and foam and then using a staple gun, staple fabric to round.
4. Place cushion inside tire.
Directions to Hang Swing
The swing should be hung about 10 feet off the ground, about 10 feet out from the trunk and from a tree branch at least 6 inches in diameter. The bottom of the tire should sit at least 12 inches off the ground, depending upon the size of the child using the swing. It should be high enough that the child’s feet do not hit the ground. When hanging in a tree, loop the long rope over the branch and use a quick connector to secure the swing at the desired height. For a permanent installation, protect the tree branch by placing a scrap of carpet under the chain to avoid damaging the tree. The swing can also be mounted under a deck, on a playset, or on a brace between two smaller trees.
This DIY is perfect for summer and will help make those wonderful memories in years to come. For more summer DIY inspiration make sure you visit us at Home & Family and share with us all of your crafts and DIYs on Instagram and Twitter @paigehemmis